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The Business On: Jim Rogers, Investment manager

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Congo colonel gets 20 years after rape trial

A Congolese court sentenced an army colonel to 20 years in prison today, convicting him of crimes against humanity in the highest-profile sexual violence case ever tried in a nation where thousands are brutally raped each year.

Soros hits back at 'puppet master' Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch is the real "puppet master", according to legendary investor George Soros, who appeared on CNN to answer criticism aired on Murdoch's Fox News.

Diary: What if Yates of the Yard had investigated Brutus?

With top level detective work, as with Grand Slam tennis, confidence is king, and even the most resilient of officers is vulnerable to the corrosive acid of self doubt after public humiliation. So an alkaline antidote is required for John Yates, who was promoted to Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Met as reward for acting out the part of someone seriously investigating the News of the World... dramatic history's most convincing portrayal of a serving policeman since Kenneth Williams in Carry On Constable. So I am pleased to introduce the confidence-rebuilding feature Yates of The Yard Down the Ages, our first instalment finding the time-travelling cop transported to Rome in March, 44 BC. "Right then, what's going on here?" "It ain't what it looks, Clouseauus Maximus, I never touched him." "Mr Brutus, you are holding a knife stained with Caesar's newly shed blood." "Yes, but I only pulled it out from his chest to try to save him." "Come, come, sir, I heard him cry, 'Et tu, Brute?' with his last breath not two minutes ago." "No wonder in all this commotion, chief, but you misheard. What he cried was, 'Yeti! You brute!' It was the abominable snowman, it come rampaging aht the Senate, and done him with the blade." "Honest?" "Straight up, guv. Why'd I want to kill him? He was like a father to me." "In that case, Mr B, sorry to have troubled you, and you're free to go. Case closed."

Clegg tells rest of world not to panic over Britain's slump

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday refused to accept that this week's disappointing economic growth figures were an indication that austerity cuts were damaging Britain's recovery from recession, launching an unapologetic defence of the Coalition Government's policies.

Rabbis call on Fox News to 'sanction' Glenn Beck

Jewish leaders in the United States called on Rupert Murdoch yesterday to punish two key employees at Fox News for allegedly desecrating the memory of the Holocaust and trivialising the use of the word "Nazi". They made their plea in a full-page open letter placed as a paid advertisement in one of Mr Murdoch's own newspapers.

Soros warns PM: cuts will lead to recession

George Soros has warned David Cameron that he must do an about-turn on his austerity measures – or face plunging Britain back into recession. The international speculator spoke out last night as the World Economic Forum got under way in Davos, Switzerland. He warned that a mixture of tax increases and spending cuts were "unsustainable".

Oil prices heading for $200 per barrel, Jim Rogers warns

Oil prices could more than double from present levels to higher than $200 per barrel, Jim Rogers, the US investor who co-founded the Quantum Fund with George Soros, warned yesterday.

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Soros vs Murdoch: The battle for the soul of America

Two billionaires – one liberal, the other conservative – are at war. The prize is the future of the US. David Usborne reports

Murdoch vs the President – Fox accused of faith slur campaign

Obama adviser says US TV network is set on damaging character 'assassination'

Business Diary: Lloyds shows its dark-horse skills

Given the leaky nature of banks – HSBC's recent succession travails were a prime example – Lloyds Banking Group deserves congratulations for keeping under wraps the hiring of Antonio Horta-Osorio as its new chief executive until it felt ready to announce it. One of The Independent's rivals was even claiming yesterday that the bank had yet to appoint headhunters. Officially, the line from Lloyds on Tuesday, as it unveiled its third-quarter numbers, was that the search was "progressing". If only banks always made such speedy progress.

Soros gives $1m to cannabis campaign

Billionaire financier George Soros has thrown his weight behind California's marijuana legalisation campaign with a $1m (£630,000) donation a week before the vote. The contribution is the single biggest donation from an individual other than Proposition 19's main sponsor, Oakland medical marijuana entrepreneur Richard Lee.

Business Diary: Having your cake and eating it

Our congratulations to Matthew Kraeger, a BlackRock investment manager, who has just got hitched. In particular, he deserves a slap on the back for not being jilted at the altar. Why? Well, after organising a wedding cake in the shape of a Bloomberg computer terminal, complete with Post-it Notes, one could have forgiven his new wife for walking out before the start of the honeymoon. It's one thing being devoted to your work, but she might take this as a warning that he certainly intends to bring his professional life home from the office.

George Soros digs deep for human rights with $100m gift

Continuing a lifelong habit of putting money where his mouth is, George Soros has announced a gift of $100m (£65m) to Human Rights Watch, the organisation which seeks to monitor abuses of power and to lobby transgressing governments and companies.

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The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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